NewsThree Lady Cougars Named to Academic All-District Team
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Three members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s fastpitch softball team were recently honored when the 2005 ESPN The Magazine© Academic All-District IV College Division Softball Teams were selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Stephanie Johnson, a junior shortstop from Tallmadge, Ohio, was selected to Academic All-District First Team as one of four infielders selected. The former Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy star finished the 2005 season with a .456 batting average. Johnson compiled 12 doubles, nine triples, two home runs, 30 runs scored, 34 RBI, and seven stolen bases. An exercise studies/health and physical education double major, Johnson has registered a 3.85 grade point average.
Laura Kot, a sophomore outfielder from Tallmadge, Ohio, was named to the Academic All-District Second Team as one of three outfielders selected. This season, the former Tallmadge High School standout batted .463 with six doubles, one triple, five RBI, 33 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases. A mathematics major, Kot has posted a perfect 4.00 grade point average.
Jackie Shively, a senior outfielder from Englewood, Ohio, was also selected to the Academic All-District Second Team after being an Academic All-District Third Team pick as a sophomore. The former Northmont High School product batted .419 with one double, two RBI, 31 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases. She also became the program’s career leader in games played (165) and stolen bases (43). A middle childhood education major, Shively has recorded a 3.92 grade point average.
The Academic All-District IV College Division Teams are selected by CoSIDA members. Eligible student-athletes are nominated by their school’s sports information director and must have at least a 3.20 grade point average and be at least in their sophomore year. The District IV College Division consists of NCAA Division II and III and NAIA schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
MVNU finished the season with a 17-18 overall record and a 5-9 mark in the American Mideast Conference South Division.